Flowers gallery supports an impressive array of photographers including Edward Burtynsky and Michael Wolf, and now they have given a debut UK solo show to Boomoon â€” a Korean photographer with an excellent eye for the abstract aspects of the natural world.
Upstairs is dominated by the Naksan series, black and white photographs of a snow flurry over open water. The bottom half of each work looks as if it has been over-exposed while it is, in fact, the beach blanketed with snow. Itâ€™s sensible to assume that even in the UK there must be beaches that are covered with snow in winter, yet Boomoonâ€™s works feel surreal and are unlike anything weâ€™ve seen before.
Downstairs we find shots taken from a high altitude plane at the edge of space â€” the top half of the photograph fades from blue to the blackness of space while the bottom half is a brilliant white as it captures the tops of clouds. These starkly contrasting featureless images more closely resemble a Mark Rothko painting than a landscape photograph.
Boomoon has also created close-up images from the Arctic and these crystalline photographs of ice also have an extraterrestrial feel to them, despite being taken in Iceland and Greenland.
This is a small exhibition with only 14 works but the artistâ€™s meditative style means that visitors can spend minutes staring at each of these remarkable abstract photographs.